Cllr Sean McEniff denies he contacted gardaí at time of Mary Boyle's disappearance

Cllr Sean McEniff denies he contacted gardaí at time of Mary Boyle's disappearance
By Carolyn Farrar editorial@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Fianna Fáil Cllr. Sean McEniff has “emphatically and unconditionally” denied that he was the politician who allegedly contacted the gardaí in Ballyshannon at the time of the disappearance of Mary Boyle.

Cllr. McEniff (pictured) also told today’s meeting of Donegal County Council that he supports the call for a commission of investigation to be established to investigate all aspects of the disappearance of Mary, who went missing during a visit to her grandparents’ home near Cashelard, outside Ballyshannon, in 1977.

Cllr. McEniff read from a statement in which he said he had taken legal advice “in relation to the defamatory comments made both directly and by innuendo and will take such steps as are necessary to protect his reputation”.

In his statement, Cllr. McEniff said he, “emphatically and unconditionally denies that he was the politician who allegedly contacted the gardaí in Ballyshannon at the time of the disappearance of Mary Boyle”.

Cllr. McEniff said he has, “no knowledge of such a call, other than what he has heard recently on what was contained in the video, ‘Mary Boyle, The Untold Story’.”

The councillor made his remarks during discussion of a motion tabled by independent Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jr., who had called on the council to call on government “to establish a full and independent public inquiry into the allegations aired on the YouTube documentary about the murder and disappearance of Mary Boyle.”

Council adopted Cllr. McBrearty’s motion without opposition.

Statement issued through Cllr McEniff’s solicitors

A statement issued on behalf of Cllr McEniff’s solicitors states he wishes to make a statement “in relation to the rumour and innuendo surrounding a YouTube video published recently on the internet, ‘Mary Boyle, The Untold Story’.”

The statement adds: “The disappearance of Mary Boyle has been a tragedy for the Boyle family and they are deeply affected by it. The gardaí have conducted detailed and extensive investigations which are continuing and should be co-operated with by all concerned.

“Councillor McEniff supports the call for a Commission of Investigation to be established to investigate all aspects of the disappearance of Mary Boyle.

“Mr. McEniff emphatically and unconditionally denies that he was the politician who allegedly contacted the gardaí in Ballyshannon at the time of the disappearance of Mary Boyle. He has no knowledge of such a call other than what he has heard recently on what was contained in the video, ‘Mary Boyle, The Untold Story’.”

The statement further adds: “Mr. McEniff is a councillor and a person active in his community over 40 years and entitled to his good name. He has taken legal advice in relation to the defamatory comments made both directly and by innuendo and will take such steps as are necessary to protect his reputation. Some of the comments and statements that have been made are false, malicious and damaging to Mr. McEniff.

“He will not be making any further public statement and the matter will be dealt with through his solicitors.”